What is Open Culture Days?

Open Culture Days is 3 days dedicated to Open Data, culture and entrepreneurship. Students from all over the country will be invited to participate in using Open Data to create new exciting, innovative digital solutions within the field of culture. This means working with data from the fields of art, city development, architecture, design, and environment to name a few. We supply the data, you create the solutions! Representatives of different organisations in Aarhus will be present to issue different challenges where Open Data can prove to be the right tool for the right solution.

During the three days you’ll come up with a project, work on creating it, come up with an idea for a business plan for how to turn the idea into a startup company and in the end present it to the jury.

To help you with all of this we have arranged for a range of facilitators to be ready to help with questions regarding legal issues, starting up a business, best design practices to name a few.

During the 3 days you have the opportunity to attend talks by industry professionals working with design, data, digital solutions, entrepreneurship and more. There will be talks during Saturday and Sunday.

What is Open Data?

Open Data is the term for any sort of data that has been made free to access and use by the public. This means a lot data sources are accessible and ready to be used to create new awesome services and solutions. Open Data sources can be anything from municipal data to weather data, traffic data, culturally relevant data and basically everything else.

What is a hacklab?

A hacklab is an intense, creative workshop dedicated to creating new (digital) solutions and collaborations, typically in the form of mock-ups or prototypes. Open Culture Days will be themed as a data-hacklab, which means you will be working with different available datasets to create new ideas and prototypes. If you want inspiration as to what a hacklab can be like, then check out the annual Hack4DK ( event or last year’s Mediahackdays (

Who’s hosting it?

Open Culture Days will be hosted by IBM and Open Data Aarhus.

When is it?

February 20.-22. 2015.

Where is it?

The location will be in the center of Aarhus at Hovedbiblioteket (the main library), Mølleparken 1, 8000 Aarhus C.

Who can attend?
You can! Whether you’re studying anthropology, textile design, computer science or something completely different, you’re eligible for participation. You don’t need any programming skills to attend – as much as a hacklab is about working with technical aspects of data, it’s also about concept development, prototyping, business ideas and so many other things. It’s free to attend Open Culture Days but we only have a limited number of tickets so hurry up and register!

What about food, beverages and sleeping accomodations?

During all three days we will supply food (breakfast, lunch and dinner) and some beverages – you don’t have to pay a thing. Very close to the event are several hotels where you can spend the night.